Vancouver's outdoor pools have new physical distancing boxes on deck

Jul 11 2020, 11:56 pm

Outdoor pools in Vancouver will have new physical distancing boxes drawn on deck when they reopen to the public on Monday.

They’re part of a slew of new coronavirus safety precautions for summer fund during the pandemic.

The boxes have already been drawn at Kitsilano Pool, where the white squares mark a six-foot distance from other groups.

“Please arrive swim ready, leave valuables at home, and stay in a designated pod on pool deck,” the Park Board said in a Facebook post Sunday.

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Three of the city’s pools will open for the summer on Monday, July 13: Kits, New Brighton, and Second Beach. Maple Grove will open later, on July 20.

Pools will have reduced capacity compared to a normal summer, and swimmers can reserve time slots online. Pools will accept only a limited number of drop-in visitors.

Locker rooms will not be available, and swimmers should arrive already changed to jump in the pool. Guests will still be allowed to use the pool washrooms, though.

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